Tutorial by RoniElaine - Written on  August 4, 2009
Skill Level - Intermediate
  
  This tutorial was written using PSP X but should work
   in other versions with just a few adjustments.
   It was written in "split screen" format so that
   you can work on the tutorial with PSP open on one
   side of your screen and the tutorial on the other side.
   
Supplies Needed
    Filters Needed:
      Xero - Tekstya and Porcelain HERE
      Simple - Top Left Mirror HERE
      Neu  9. Neuschnee  HERE
          (You can download the complete Neu filter there.
            When installed it showed up for me as my very
            first plugin filter)
    
 
     
Supplies:  Click HERE
     All supplies needed will be provided for you.
     I encourage you to use tubes and backgrounds of your choice
     and make this your own "original" creation
 
     Erin ~ A Rose is a Rose ~ Manon
        Used according to TOU
     HD_Rose_CrownJewel.psp    and
         HD_Rose. psp
            Thanks to Pat for letting me use her tubes!
      wl_Flowercorner  - shared tube by White Lady
 
      Optional background images
         I have included 2 background images you may want to use
         if making this into a letter.  At your skill level you  know how
         to use them, change them, etc. for making letter backgrounds.
 
            flower corner image _Roni _background
            bg 2 _ Roni _ for background
 
      A variation of the tutorial is at the bottom
 
  
1.  We're first going to make a background to go behind our rose tubes.
    File > Open > Erin ~ A Rose is a Rose ~ manon
    Window > Duplicate
    Repeat Window > Duplicate and minimize second copy
    You may close original tube now.
 
     In Materials Palette, set your foreground and background colors. 
     I used a medium color for my foreground and a lighter color
       for my background.
     Foreground: #fcc3af,  Background: #f6eadc
        (both colors chosen from main tubes)   
 
2.  Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling
       Settings: Default
     Adjust > Blur > Radial Blur
       Settings: Zoom, 100, Twirl blank, 15, 15, 100, Eliptical checked
    
 
3.    Effects > Plugins > Xero > Tekstya
         Settings: 100, 100, 143, 251, 143, 1
                          Colors: white, gray  (left click to set colors)
                          Use source checked
    
 
4.  Layers > New Raster Layer
     Use Flood Fill tool  to left click and fill with your medium
         foreground color                    
     In Layers Palette - set Blend Mode to Overlay
 
      In Layers Palette - select Raster 1
      Effects > Edge Effects > Enhance
      Layers > Merge > Merge Visible
 
5.   Layers > New Raster Layer
      Use Flood Fill Tool to right click and fill with your
      lighter background color.
 
      In Layers Palette, change opacity of this layer to 50%
 
      Layers > Merge > Merge Visible
      Effects > Image Effects > Seamless Tiling
        Settings: Default
 
      Minimize this image
      In Materials Palette, set it as your background pattern     
        Settings: Angle 45, Scale 100
 
6.   File > New   open a new image
         Settings: 600 width, 400 height, Raster, Transparent
 
      Use Flood Fill Tool to right click and fill new image with pattern.
      Effects > Edge Effects > Enhance
      Effects > Plugins > Simple > Top Left MIrror
 
7.  Now we're ready to add our tubes
 
     File > Open > HD_Rose_CrownJewel.psp
     Window > Duplicate -  close original tube
     Image > Mirror
     Edit > Copy     (Mimimize rose for later use)
     Edit > Paste as  New Layer
     Use your Move Tool to move to lower right
       (see example for placement)
 
8.  File > Open > HD_Rose. psp
     Edit > Copy   You may close original tube now
     Edit > Paste as New Layer
     Image > Resize  > 85%
      Settings: All layers not checked, Lock aspect ratio checked
     Use your Move Tool to move to the left
       See example for placement
 
9Layers > Merge > Merge Down
     Effects > Plugins > Xero > Porcelain
       Settings : Default
     Edit > Repeat Porcelain
     Effects > Edge Effects > Enhance
 
     Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
       Settings: 3, 3, 50, 30, Black
                         Shadow on new layer not checked
                         Repeat with -3 (vertical and horizontal)
 
10. Reactivate the copy of  HD_Rose_CrownJewel.psp
       Image > Resize 
             Settings: 50%, Lock aspect ratio checked
                                      
       Edit > Copy  You may close image now
       Edit > Paste as New Layer on your main image
       Use Move Tool to move to lower left corner
       In Layers Palette, set Blend Mode on Soft Light
       Layers > Arrange > Move Down
         Optional: Duplicate this layer to place in upper right corner
              and/or add text of your choice.  I added text in two sizes
              with a bevel and drop shadow.
       Layers > Merge > Merge All
 
11. Selections > Select All
      Selections > Modify > Contract   Setting: 2
       Effects > 3D Effects > Cutout
          Settings: 0, 0, 100, 15, Black
       Image > Add Border
          Settings: 1px,  black or dark color from image, symmetric
       Selections > Select None
 
       Image > Add Border
          Settings: 50pixels, your foreground color
       With Magic Wand, select the border
 
       Layers > New Raster Layer
          Note: This layer is needed to do the next step
 
       Effects > Plugins > Neu > 9. Neuschnee
           Settings: Change Spokes to 13
                              All other settings at default
              Note:  This is a great fun filter.  Play around with it !
                           Try out some other settings.
       
      
 
           Note: It will now be black and white.
                      We now need to color it.
                      Different versions of PSP use different methods
                      of colorizing.    I use PSPX.   In different versions
                      you may want to use Manual Color Correction,
                      Hue and Saturation
                      or other method you use to colorize.
 
           In PSP X and some other versions
       Adjust > Color Balance
           Settings: Smart White Balance
                 Move slide bar all the way to the right (Warmer)
                 Setting will depend on colors of your tubes
 
       In Layers Palette, set Blend Mode to Soft Light
       Adjust Opacity to your liking.  I used 70%
 
       Image > Add Borders
           Setting: 1 px black or dark color from your tubes
 
12.  Image > Add Borders
          Setting: 50 pxs of your foreground color
       With Magic Wand, select the border
       Effects > Texture Effects > Blinds
          Settings:  5, 60, color of choice, horizontal checked
                             I used my light color
 
       Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel
           Settings: Bevel #5, 6, 5, 3, 0, 0, White, 315, 33, 46
       Selections > Select None
       Image > Add Borders
          Setting: 3 pxs of  black or a dark color
    
 
13. File > Open > wl_Flowercorner
       Image > Resize   Setting: 75% 
       Edit > Copy   You may close original tube now
       Edit > Paste as New Layer   on your main image
 
       Use Move Tool to move to upper right corner
         (See example for placement)
       Layers > Duplicate
       Image > Mirror
       Layers > Duplicate
       Image > Flip
       Layers > Duplicate
       Image > Mirror
 
       In Layers Palette, close your background layer
       Layers > Merge > Merge Visible
       Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel
           Settings:  Bevel #2, 8, 0, 1, 0, 0, White, 315, 50, 30
 
       Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
           Settings: 1, 1, 50, 5, black
 
       In Layers Palette - Unlock the closed layer
       Layers > Merge > Merge Visible
 
       Resize to your liking.
       Add your watermark in your usual way
       File > Export > JPEG Optimizer
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You may use either of the background images provided
to make a letter background
or create a background of your own.
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       Variation of Tutorial
      
 
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I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.
I want to thank  Claire and Heather for testing it for me !!
Your input is much appreciated !
Please link this tutorial to The PSP Fun Group
 
Although this tutorial is written for the The PSP Fun Group
feel free to share my tutorials.
I only ask that you not claim them as your own.
If the tutorial is to be used as a lesson,
please contact me for permission.  ronicox@gmail.com
Tutorial will be available at http://www.ramblinroots.net
under Guest Tut Writers after release to the Fun Group.
 
Roni